Stranger Things’ David Harbour to speak at #SMWNYC

One of the companies at the forefront of celebrities, fans and advertising is WHOSAY, a leading influencer marketing and media company that creates campaigns for brands starring celebrities, influencers and tastemakers.

WHOSAY has run hundreds of successful influencer campaigns for brands such as Coke, McDonald’s, Google, AT&T, Chevrolet, Cigna, Principal and Comcast, and at Social Media Week New York, Steve Ellis, CEO of WHOSAY will discuss the weird and sometimes upside down world of celebrities and social media.

Joining Steve on stage is a very special guest you might recognize from your favorite Netflix series: David Harbour, one of the stars of the critically acclaimed Netflix show Stranger Things. If you watched The SAG Awards last month, you saw David and his cast accept the award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which means you also saw his incredible acceptance speech…

 

#SMWNYC attendees and livestream viewers will get a glimpse from Steve Ellis and David Harbour into what it’s like to connect to a rabid fan base and learn what fans want to hear, what they want to talk about, and what their expectations are for their favorite celebrities

Plus, they’ll delve into what they each believe is next for the fan-to-star relationship, as well as what the future may hold for social media platforms, brands, and celebrities all working together.

Rome Fortune To Perform at the Official #SMWNYC Closing Party

On Friday night, February 26th, the Official VIP Closing Party will take place at the iconic Diamond Horseshoe venue at The Paramount Hotel. If you’re an Insider Passholder, join us to wrap up the 2016 edition of Social Media Week along with LDV Hospitality.

We’re bringing together New York’s digital elite with a complete open bar featuring Heineken’s portfolio of beers, specialty cocktails from Jose Cuervo, wine and bubbly. There will be plenty of dancing, food, we’re excited to announce that Rome Fortune will perform!

In the most cosmic sense of the word, Rome Fortune is Atlanta’s newest star. Green-bearded and crop-topped, 6’5” in cowboy boots, he takes the stage like an eclipse and flips straighforward bars into lunar poetry. But even with such otherworldly swagger, Rome’s music connects with fans because of how powerfully (and sometimes painfully) human it really is.

His new album, Jerome Raheem Fortune (out Friday 2/26 on Fool’s Gold) is the true story of this man who fell to earth. Rome’s Beautiful Pimp mixtapes (“rap as motivational speaking, generous and all-inclusive” – Pitchfork) and collaborations with everyone from turn-up trailblazers OG Maco and ILoveMakonnen to Four Tet and Toro Y Moi were merely the prelude to JRF’s nakedly honest storytelling.

Over loose, dreamlike tracks from longtime collaborator Cubby, Rome gets extra real about his struggles: his parents, his children, and their mothers… his dreams, his demons, and the drugs that may be fueling both. Even Kaytranada produced single “Dance” is an outlier, an uptempo song about escape rather than elation. Yet nothing on Jerome Raheem Fortune is a drag; over the course of 11 potent tracks, Rome Fortune presents hip hop catharsis at its most compelling. Head towards the outer limits of rap with a guide who is intimately familiar.

Music, TV, and Comedy: 10 Sessions to Attend For Entertainment Industry Professionals

Entertainment is one of the most impacted industries with the evolution of technology. What once required single-channeled marketing tactics, is now a next-gen content and production solar-system filled with new business models, innovations, and upgraded standards in our multi-platform world.

At SMW New York, we’ve curated 9 forward-thinking sessions that entertainment professionals should plan to attend. Join us as we learn from media greats such as Alex Blumberg (CEO, Gimlet Media), Evan Shapiro (EVP, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal), and Andrew Jarecki (Director of The Jinx, Founder of KnowMe).

Purchase your pass for SMW New York to be among the 2,000+ industry leaders who will come together to learn and connect throughout the week!

1. Podcast pioneer, Alex Blumberg, will discuss his journey of building an audio-first media company

Hosted by Crowdcentric • Tuesday 2/23 at 11:30AM • TimesCenter
Alex Blumberg is known for his work on This American Life and Planet Money, and recently launched Gimlet Media as a result of his latest podcast, StartUp. This year at SMW New York, Alex Blumberg will discuss Gimlet Media and his journey of building a media company with foundations in audio storytelling and journalism.

2. NBC’s strategic approach to Seeso, their new streaming comedy channel

Hosted by NBCUniversal • Tuesday 2/23 at 1:30PM • TimesCenter
The world is at an inflection point, similar to where broadcast TV was in 70s and 80s with a massive boom in content production and this time on various platforms. Join Evan Shapiro (EVP, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal) as he reveals their strategic approach to the current media landscape with Seeso, the new streaming comedy channel, with other key creators of the channel.

3. Virtual reality’s future in storytelling, gaming, and journalism

Hosted by The New York Times • Wednesday 2/23 at 9:30AM • TimesCenter
Learn how companies such as The New York Times, GE, and Google are investing time and resources in virtual reality to enhance storytelling, journalism, and the user experience. Meredith Kopit Levien (Chief Revenue Officer, The New York Times), Jake Silverstein (Editor, The New York Times), Katrina Craigwell (Director of Global Content and Programming, GE) and Aaron Luber (CardBoard Partnerships, Google).

4. Comedy Central’s CMO will break down the the social strategy of their top programming

Hosted by WOMMA • Wednesday 2/24 at 1:30PM • TimesCenter
Some may think Comedy Central’s ratings and conversations on social come easy due to their hilarious talent, but nothing is further from the truth. In this entertaining session, Comedy Central’s CMO, Walter Levitt, will attempt to organize and rationalize all of his team’s on-the-ground tactics into a fully thought–out strategy.

5. How micro-content and social media can lay the groundwork to launch a new TV show

Hosted by VaynerMedia • Wednesday 2/24 at 3:00PM • SVA Theatre
Social media offers more ways than ever to build awareness around TV programs, but did you know it can drive and impact the new markers of success in today’s ever-changing television industry? Join Kim Garcia (SVP, Entertainment, VaynerMedia) and Jason Loomis (Director, Paid Media, VaynerMedia) as they flesh out the social media strategy for their new reality series Chrisley Knows Best.

6. When, where, and how social media belongs in live events; in-person and online

Hosted by Momentum Worldwide and AEG • Wednesday 2/24 at 4:30PM • TimesCenter
According to a recent study, 70% of millennials feel that social media improves the live music experience. Attend this panel with executives from AEG, Momentum Worldwide, and StubHub directly focused on why music experiences are better with social, and when they don’t belong together.

7. How Grammy-nominated artist, Ryan Leslie, started a business just from thanking fans online

Hosted by Nue Agency • Thursday 2/25 at 1:30PM • TimesCenter
Ryan Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and multi-platinum music producer who turned his interest in personally thanking each fan into a million dollar seed funded technology called SuperPhone. Today he’s unlocked the true value in his 1.3 million follower footprint across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube by having a text-based dialogue with the 40,000 people who matter most. Joining Ryan will be Jesse Kirshbaum (CEO, Nue Agency).

8. 360° video content, and the next wave of videos in your News Feed

Hosted by BOLD Worlwide • Thursday 2/25 at 3:00 PM • SVA Theatre
If you’re a marketer or content creator looking to engage your audience in an immersive way, you need to understand 360° video. Brian Cristiano (CEO, BOLD Worldwide) will explain the value, excitement, and execution of 360° video, and shed some light on how you can utilize this technology for entertainment, engagement and sales.

9. How to best capture the moment when fans react online, with Andrew Jarecki of HBO’s The Jinx

Hosted by Social Media Week • Friday 2/26 at 1:30PM • TimesCenter
Andrew Jarecki (Director, HBO’s The Jinx) will discuss social media’s role in how fans experience the show before, during and after the now-infamous hot mic scene, as well as unveil never-before-seen footage from the show. Come to learn how the chorus of Tweets, blog posts, and Facebook updates played a role in that collective gasp.

10. Mixing digital moments with experiential events, from the RSVP invitation to post-event wrap-up

Hosted by Splash • Friday 2/26 at 3:00PM • SVA Theatre
Social media can make or break your event. Splash co-founder and Party Scientist, Ben Hindman, will teach you how to turn your next event into social media gold. He’ll cover everything from how to create “Instagrammable moments,” to designing an irresistible invitation.

We hope to see you in New York for Social Media Week! Join over 1,000 leaders who register each year, and in 2016, #SMWNYC features two official venues: The TimesCenter (FWD Stage) and SVA Theatre (EDU Stage). Attend the 100+ events with 300+ speakers for an incredible week you won’t want to miss. Get your pass here!

Social Media and Pop Culture Consciousness: Keynote with Andrew Jarecki of HBO’s “The Jinx”

The shocking finale of HBO’s The Jinx unleashed a tidal wave of reactions, controversy, and spoiler-alert headlines. But, how much did the chorus of Tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates play a role in that collective gasp?

The Jinx Director, Andrew Jarecki, will discuss social media’s role in how fans experienced it before, during and after the now-infamous hot mic scene, as well as unveil never-before-seen footage from the show.

Register your pass for SMW New York, and come hear Andrew’s keynote, “Keynote: How Social Media Manifests our Pop Culture Consciousness, Featuring The Jinx Director Andrew Jarecki” on Friday, February 26th at 1:30pm at The TimesCenter

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How Data Can Make Content Smarter And More Social: Spotify’s #SMWNYC Event

As audiences and users are exposed to an ever-widening array of content choices, publishers are thinking more about the context in which that content is consumed.

In this talk, “How Data Can Make Content Smarter And More Social” on Thursday the 25th at 3:30pm at The TimesCenter, Rich Frankel (Entertainment Industry Creative Director, Spotify) will explain to attendees how data analytics and music intelligence help Spotify better understand how to develop product features, consumer advertising, and innovative programs with brand and tech partners.

Prior to Spotify, Rich co-founded Indigenous, a firm that specialized in helping media companies and brands develop original marketing platforms to help brands more effectively connect with their target audiences. And before that, he worked as an Executive Producer at Ogilvy & Mather in New York in the Ogilvy Entertainment division.

If you want to hear from other Spotify executives at Social Media Week New York, make sure you register your pass, and check out Spotify’s Maureen Traynor (Sr. Director of Partner Solutions) who will discuss Millennials, music, and social sharing alongside executives from StubHub, AEG, Atlantic Records, Forbes, and Momentum Worldwide.

6 Events at #SMWNYC Hosted by Industry Experts in Online Video

You’ve likely realized how often you see visual content in your News Feed, timeline, and social feeds. Facebook’s video offerings expanded (now with livestreaming), and platforms like Snapchat and Periscope show no signs of slowing down in terms of popularity, cultural influence, and personal interactions.

At SMW New York, several sessions are lined up to help those looking to learn more about today’s video content ecosystem, and hear from industry’s leaders on how they approach video strategy, budget, goals, and measurement of the content.

Additionally, attendees will gain a detailed understanding of technology’s impact on the entertainment world, and how to use video tools and services to their full capacity in order to successfully engage with key audiences.


Click here to sign up for SMW New York, and join our community this February 22-26


1. Keynote Comedy: A Love Story With Evan Shapiro, Featuring Dan Harmon, Jonah Ray and Kulap Vilaysack

(Hosted by NBCUniversal)
This session, led by NBCUniversal’s EVP, Digital Enterprises, Evan Shapiro will discuss topics of comedy, technology, and social media’s impact on entertainment.

2. Building a Great Social Presence the Resourceful Way

(Hosted by BuzzFeed)
This presentation will focus on offering participants a new way at looking to hire social candidates, the best ways to manage a social editor’s workflow, and how to create sharable content without a sizable budget through a discussion of how two BuzzFeed social gurus rethought the industry.

3. Funny & Buzzy: How Comedy Central Gets Fans Talking With CMO, Walter Levitt

(Hosted by WOMMA)
In this entertaining session, Comedy Central’s CMO Walter Levitt will attempt to organize and rationalize the social media and on-the-ground tactics of Comedy Central’s marketing team into a fully thought–out strategy.

4. Reach New Viewers! Develop Superfans! Impact Ratings! Launch A TV Show Via Social Media!

(Hosted by VaynerMedia)
This masterclass will detail how efficient, strategic media spend, time-shifting strategies and always-on content with a consistent voice can combine to increase buzz, awareness, and viewership (both linear and elsewhere like video-on-demand), with concrete, indisputable results.

5. Building A Startup Under The Infrastructure And Data Of A Legacy Media Company: A Great Big Story

(Hosted by Great Big Story)
In this session, you’ll learn how to build a content strategy that’s informed by data taken straight from your social media properties. Find out the secrets that can harness your data for audience targeting, distribution and much more. Great Big Story, a socially-distributed video network that covers stories, will lead this talk.

6. How 360° Video is Changing the Content Game

(Hosted by BOLD Worldwide)
Brian Cristiano, CEO of BOLD Worldwide will explain the value, excitement and execution of 360° video through an in-depth discussion and real-life examples. Attendees will walk away with a deep understanding of the technology, why brands need to use it and how to leverage social media to drive interaction.

Register to attend today, and join us in New York this February 22-26 to hear from visionary speakers, industry leading brands, and thousands of New York’s media and technology professionals.

Spotify’s Maureen Traynor Will Discuss Millennials, Music, and Social Sharing at #SMWNYC

You’ve all seen someone recording an entire concert on their phone instead of watching it. Sure, the video looks great and received likes from friends, but is it worth the distraction?

Social media has an overarching role in almost every experience Millennials have, and according to a recent study, 70% of Millennials feel that social media enhances the live music experience. In fact, most Gen-Y and Gen-Z individuals prefer music content in their Facebook newsfeed to show their knowledge and interests to friends.

Make sure you register for SMW New York, and hear from Spotify’s Sr. Director of Partner Solutions, Maureen Traynor, who will discuss the role of social media in the music industry. She’ll explore what the Spotify team has learned from billions of songs shared on Facebook and across social media, as well as why Millennials and younger generations view music as an integral part of their online activity.

Maureen’s session, “How Social Has Rocked The Live Music Experience” will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:30PM at The TimesCenter (FWD Stage).

Comedy Central CMO, Walter Levitt to Keynote #SMWNYC

With a roster including Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Drunk History, and other cultural and comedic powerhouses, you might think the marketing team at Comedy Central can sit back, relax, and spend their days with their feet up on their desks, sipping margaritas all day. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, since they all have standing desks.

But, once in a while they do take a break and focus on creating buzz-worthy campaigns for their brand and franchises. At SMW New York, Comedy Central’s CMO, Walter Levitt, will deliver an entertaining and informational keynote to organize and rationalize all of Comedy Central’s social media and on-the-ground tactics into a fully thought–out strategy.

Click here to get your pass and attend Walter’s session, presented in partnership with WOMMA. “Funny & Buzzy – How Comedy Central Gets Fans Talking” will take place on Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:30pm ET on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter.

About Walter Levitt

Walter Levitt is CMO for Comedy Central and is based in the company’s New York City office. Since joining Comedy Central in 2011, Levitt has led numerous successful new initiatives including a strategic repositioning of the brand, the introduction of many multiplatform hits including “Key & Peele” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” and the launch of the Comedy Central App.

He also oversaw the marketing of Comedy’s Central’s highest-rated specials of all time, “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” and “The Roast of Justin Bieber.” To learn more about Walter, click here for his full bio.

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The Rising Value of Social Media and Live Events: Atlantic Records’ Conversation at #SMWNYC with Camille Hackney

According to a recent study, 70% of Millennials feel that social media improves the live music experience, and the majority of Millennials will take part in sharing music moments on social media while attending a live event. In fact, most Facebook users prefer their newsfeed to show their friends at live events and experiences over anything else.

So, when does social belong in the music experience – before, during and after the show – and when does it not? When do brands belong in the social exchange? What content is really being watched and appreciated? How can and should the artists themselves take part – and in what channels and communities?

Atlantic Records is a staple record label with artists new and old. Their musicians range from ABBA, Foreigner and Bette Midler to Alt-J, Frightened Rabbit, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. One of the leading minds of Atlantic Records is Camille Hackney, EVP Brand Partnerships & Licensing.

Camille will join us for SMW New York to discuss when and where social belongs in music and the industry, and whether or not social hurts the live music experience all-together. This session “How Social Has Rocked The Live Music Experience” will take place on Wednesday, February 24th at 4:30pm at the TimesCenter (FWD Stage).


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About Camille Hackney

“Camille Hackney, the EVP Brand Partnerships & Licensing of Atlantic Records cultivates these relationships between the two worlds of artists and brands then brings together in a cohesive, wonderful campaigns and partnerships. Atlantic Records is a prominent recording label and needs the best to help maintain their reputation. Camille is the person behind pairing the right music to the right campaigns. She elevates her artists by negotiating deals that puts them into the spotlight of commercials, brand sponsorship and to compliment the brand will help sponsor tours for the audience.

Before Atlantic Records she worked for a label that is now known as Elektra. It was originally a boutique record label called East/West. She started right as Digital Marketing and Branded Content started to emerge. She jumped over to Warner Music and did a year and a half stint there before she went back to Elektra before they merged with Atlantic Records. She decided to work with the Atlantic side and used her knowledge to build a top notch section for partnerships and campaigns for their artists.” (via Atlantic Records)

View The Initial Program Of Events for SMW New York

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, brings together thousands of professionals in marketing, media and technology. We’re excited to announce the initial schedule and speaker lineup for SMW New York, which takes place this February 22-26.

Join us across our two official venues, and hear from organizations such as Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, MTV, The Economist, GE, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify and many more!

Register for SMW New York

If you’d like to hear from visionary speakers, and join the thousands of attendees that come to Social Media Week in New York each year, register today by purchasing your pass. You can also save 20% until January 14th!

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Ricky Van Veen of CollegeHumor and Vimeo Will Discuss Content and Distributed Media Models at #SMWNYC

Platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter are up-ending the media business. But will that end up killing it in the process? Publishers and advertisers, content producers and creators, advertisers and agencies are all dealing with the repercussions of distributed media models. But, can the business we’re in as-we-know-it survive the amount of change necessary?

Ricky Van Veen (College Humor and IAC Executive), along with Ian Schafer (Founder and Chairman of Deep Focus) and Lisa Weinstein (President of Starcom Media Group) will explore the (possible) end of times in media, publishing, and everything in-between.

Join us at SMW New York for this session, “Mediapocalypse! Are Platforms Killing The Business Of Media And Advertising? And Why Won’t Anyone Talk About It?” taking place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:30pm on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter.


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About Ricky Van Veen

Ricky Van Veen is one of the principal owners and founders of Connected Ventures, a company formed around CollegeHumor that included BustedTees and Vimeo. He created the site as a student at Wake Forest, and was earning around $10-15 million a year before the partners sold a controlling stake to IAC, where Ricky is now an executive.

In 2009, Van Veen was appointed to become the CEO of the new production company, Notional, which produced material for traditional television. One of Notional’s most noteworthy TV shows is “Chopped” on the Food Network.

Ricky Van Veen also appears in some of CollegeHumor’s video series such as Jake and Amir and Hardly Working, as well as the former MTV program, The CollegeHumor Show.

View The Initial Program Of Events for SMW New York

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, brings together thousands of professionals in marketing, media and technology. We’re excited to announce the initial schedule and speaker lineup for SMW New York, which takes place this February 22-26.

Join us across our two official venues, and hear from organizations such as Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, MTV, The Economist, GE, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify and many more!

Register for SMW New York

If you’d like to hear from visionary speakers, and join the thousands of attendees that come to Social Media Week in New York each year, register today by purchasing your pass. You can also save 20% until January 14th!

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Dan Harmon of “Community” Will Join NBCUniversal’s Evan Shapiro at #SMWNYC to Discuss Comedy and The Cultural Zeitgeist

The world is at an inflection point, similar to broadcast television’s boom in the 70s and 80s. Today, this boom is evident in content production across various platforms. How is this booming genre affecting the cultural zeitgeist? Does comedy flourish when reality is dark?

Join NBCUniversal’s EVP of Digital Enterprises, Evan Shapiro, as he reveals the strategic approach to the current media landscape with Seeso, NBCUniversal’s new steaming comedy channel. Joining him on stage will be Dan Harmon, Creator and Executive Producer of “Community”, “Rick and Morty” and “HarmonQuest.”

On Tuesday, February 23 at 1:30pm, the digital and entertainment duo will present their keynote, “Comedy: A Love Story with Evan Shapiro and Dan Harmon” at SMW New York.


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About Evan Shapiro

“Evan Shapiro is EVP, Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal. He works on the strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer distribution models.

Shapiro joined NBCUniversal in 2014, and previously was President of Participant Media’s Pivot, which launched in 2013, and grew to reach 44+ million subscribers under Shapiro’s lead. Prior to Pivot, Shapiro served as President of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, where he steered both networks to new business and programming models that garnered each network their first Primetime Emmy nominations, as well as a Golden Globe Award win for Sundance Channel.

He has also executive produced numerous acclaimed original documentaries and series, including This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Brick City, HitRecord On TV, and the hit series Portlandia.” (via Variety)

About Dan Harmon

“Dan Harmon is best known for creating and producing NBC comedy series Community, co-creating Adult Swim’s animated television series Rick and Morty, and co-founding the alternative television network/website Channel 101. He also hosts a weekly eponymous podcast, Harmontown.

In July 2009, Harmon was nominated in two Emmy categories for his part in writing the Oscar telecast: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, the latter of which he was awarded for “Hugh Jackman Opening Number” at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.” (via Wikipedia)

View The Initial Program Of Events for SMW New York

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, brings together thousands of professionals in marketing, media and technology. We’re excited to announce the initial schedule and speaker lineup for SMW New York, which takes place this February 22-26.

Join us across our two official venues, and hear from organizations such as Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, MTV, The Economist, GE, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify and many more!

Register for SMW New York

If you’d like to hear from these speakers, and join the thousands of attendees that come to Social Media Week in New York each year, register today by purchasing your pass. You can also save 20% until January 14th!

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Playing 5 Questions with Sean Glass

Social Media Week is just behind us, so we caught up with the industry’s favorite entrepreneur, Sean Glass. Glass hosted the Official Closing Party for Social Media Week, with White Panda as the special performance on February 21st. Check out our brief Q&A as we get ready with Glass about advances in music technology and Social Media Week down below.

  1. How often do you use social media: number of tweets a day, number of likes on Instagram, etc?
    I’ll generally tweet a few times a day, maybe once regarding something I’m working on like a release or an event, and then I’ll talk about Ryan Gosling or something like that here and there. Instagram — once or twice a week I’ll post, generally peruse my friends once a day on average, like a few. Facebook, I mainly use as a messaging service; I don’t read other feeds much at all. But I make sure to post events and releases on there, as besides email, it is the most important marketing tool.
  2. How has social media changed your life?
    It’s not even worth noting specific instances at this point; it’s just a part of life. It’s like asking someone how the telephone changed their life. Everyone is connected, information travels instantly and disappears in seconds or minutes if you’re really engaging. We can be working and programmed nonstop. There is no off switch, no office hours, no vacations, or days off. I’m less interested in how it’s changed those of us who grew up without it than I am interested in what the work force will be like when kids who were raised on it grow up.
  3. What is the best way of utilizing social platforms leading up to and during an event?
    It’s weird to say this, because I hate getting emails, but email is still by far the most important marketing tool. If I tweet, I can count on my hand how many people will show up. If I create a Facebook event, engagement is probably about 5%, and that means it’s an interesting event. Recently, I sent out an email to 3000 people, and 1000 showed up.
  4. What are you currently interested in music technology? A specific app/service?
    Data. I’m interested in companies that are compiling data that we did not have before, and analyzing it to create more informed decisions than we are making in our current day to day. A lot of inefficiencies will be made redundant by data, which I am excited for, as the work will become more creative and focused on building interesting creative ideas and products rather than sifting through the noise.
  5. How do you want to see music technology grow this year?
    Less noise, more creative products. We do not need more “music discovery,” we need distinguishing factors for why an audience will notice my stuff rather than someone else’s.

About a Hub: Art & Culture

This is the first of a part of a continuing series of posts spotlighting our 6 #SMW12 Content Hubs. We’ll be posting profiles of all the hubs throughout this week so keep checking back for more! 

The Art & Culture Hub is your go to location for all things music and tv and funny and style. We’re excited about the eclectic breadth of these events and look forward to seeing you there!

You can view all of the events from the art and culture hub by clicking HERE but check out a handful of our favs below!

On Monday check out The Mobile-Social Living Room a panel on how emerging media is reviving the live television experience from 9-11am. From there, be sure you don’t miss this, newly added to the schedule, keynote by Media Personality and Founder of Abrams Media, Dan Abrams from 12-2pm.  Then spice it up by heading over to a keynote by hip hop legend Jermaine Dupri on Building a Community (3-5pm) before digging into a panel on social sharing and the Art of Doodling from 4:30-5:30pm.

Tuesday morning– get up and at em with a panel on Digital Voyeruism from 9-11am before heading over to a keynote from Entrepreneur Kevin Slatin with a corresponding panel on E-Commerce (12-2pm).  Take a quick lunch break and then head over to The New Ghostwriter  from 3-5pm OR maybe decide that this panel on Social Syndication from 3:30-5:30 is more your style.  No judgement either way.

Okay.  On to Wednesday.  I know, all that and we’ve still got THREE MORE days of events for you. Kick the day off with a Keynote from Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork from 9-11am then make your way over to a panel on Street Style blogs from 12-2pm or maybe you’d prefer a discussion on the Grammys and digital from 1:30-2:30pm. I know, it’s a touch decision. I promise. You will survive it.  Once you’ve made that call the rest of the day is easy.  Head straight on over to a panel on how to be funny on twitter from 3-4pm  then take a quick breather before going to a panel on the state of curation.

Phew.

Thursday. I know, I can’t believe it either! Start your day with a keynote from Elisa Camhort with a corresponding panel on Companion TV from 9-11am. Then dive into a keynote from Jonah Peretti founder and CEO of BuzzFeed with a corresponding panel on Start Ups from 12-2pm.  What a morning.

Grab some lunch and recharge before heading over to a panel on Transmedia and Social Media from 3-5pm. After that there’s a panel called IN THE TWITTER KITCHEN: A MODERN COOKIE BAKE-OFF.  It’s happening from 4:30-6:30pm. I’m not going to tell you what it’s about.  You can click through to find out for yourself. But I will tell you that maybe you should go.

Friday? Friday! Already. This week will absolutely fly by but if you’ve waited until the last moment to get your fill of #smw12, no worries, we’ve got you.

Aruba, Jamaica Oo I want to take you to a 9-11am panel on social media and the travel industry in 2012.

Then maybe layover your way into a panel on how entrepreneurship is revolutionizing daily life through social media from 10:30-11:30.

If all this activity is making you hungry then you’re not going to want to miss a panel from 12-2pm that features Robyn O’Brien, Amanda Hesser & Bun Lai followed by a panel on food trends.

One panel left and sure enough we’re ending things off with a bang.  From 3-4pm don’t miss Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Social’s Steamy Side.

Yep. That’s it for this hub.

See you next week.